Shelby County News

Week ending January 17, 2019


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Mrs. Fannie Watson
John & Alyssa Andrews, Lifetime Membership
Ann Bowen
Justin & Anna Lee, Lifetime Membership

Boles Feed Company, Ken Boles, Lifetime Membership
Dr. Danny Paul & Sally Windham
Charlene Kraemer, Lifetime Membership


                       Barbara Ann Lindley                    
     Donated By 
     William Carroll Crawford Chapter, DRT

Vivian L. Campbell
Donated By
George & Tonya Andrews

William (Wulf) Magness
Donated By
George & Tonya Andrews




Steven "Steve" Edward Hampton, 76, of Center, Texas, died January 10, 2019 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Interment was in Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Texas. He was born on September 7, 1942 in Henderson, Texas to C. B. Hampton and Mable Inez Owens Hampton. He was preceded in death by, Parents; Wife, Ann Parker Hampton; Brother, Michael Lee Hampton. Survivors include, Son, Ronnie Hampton & wife, Lisa of Farmerville, Louisiana; Sister, Sharon Porter & husband, Michael of Center, Texas.
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
LaVelle Leach Watlington, 94, of Center, died January 12, 2019, in Center. Interment was in Wimberly Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born September 13, 1924, in San Augustine, to Clarence Leach and Emmer Lynch Leach. She was preceded in death by, Husband, Kenneth Watlington; Sister, Ann Warren; Brothers, “Dick” Leach, “Shot” Leach, “Bear” Leach, “Sid” Leach, Ferrel Leach. Survivors include, Daughters, Zonia Corbell & husband Shane of Shelbyville, Texas, Tonja Bordelon & husband Ray of Frierson, Louisiana; Sister-in-law, Thelma Leach.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Billy Ray Magness, 82, of Timpson, Texas, died January 11, 2019, in Center, Texas. Interment was in Timpson Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. He was born March 25, 1936, in Clute, Texas to William Horace and Ludie Mae Bass Magness. Billy graduated from Timpson High School in 1954. He was preceded in death by, Wife, Nora Ann Magness; Sisters, Doris Gibbs, Betty Jo Hardin, Dorothy Mullins. Survivors include, Wife, Mary Magness; Son, Tim Magness & wife Nancy.
Online condolences can be sent at
Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, Texas .
Barbara Maxine Youngblood, 77, of Center, died January 12, 2019, in Center. Interment was in Mt. Herman Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born March 30, 1941, in Shelby County, to Alvin Johnson and Addie Gillis Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include, Husband, Jimmy Youngblood of Center; Children, Ronnie Youngblood & wife Margaret of Center, Beck Elliott & husband Puncho of Huxley; Sister, Sandra Harkness & husband Billy of Center.
Online condolences can be sent at
Watson and Son Funeral Home, Center, Texas
William Edward Prentice, Jr., died January 9, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Also known as “Bill” and “Dad” to his loved ones, William was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was a great man of many contraries. With a love for the earth and a nurturing for all that grows on it and in it, he graduated from LSU with a degree in International Agriculture. That passion took him to diverse places and a variety of jobs that included cultivating native fruit, building schools, teaching lepers to farm, cattle ranching, and more. He worked for a time with the Peace Corps and the National Council of Churches and later went into business on his own. These many ventures took him for a short time to Jamaica and across South America, particularly Ecuador, for nearly two decades.  Because of the value he placed on learning, he moved his family from Ecuador back to his home country the U.S. in the hopes of ensuring a better education for his children. After a few moves across the southern states, William established his life and family in Center, Texas. He was preceded in death by, Father, William Edward Prentice, Sr. Survivors include, Wife Ines; Children, Daniel, Paul, Rebeca, William, Hannah, Stephanie; Mother Celia; Brother, David..
Online condolences can be sent at
Mangum Funeral Home, Center, Texas
Elma Christine Pitts-Freundrich, 81, of Houston, Texas, died January 6, 2019 in Houston. Interment was in St. John Cemetery, Shelby County. She was born October 29, 1937 in Center, Texas. Survivors include, Cassandra Pitts, LaTonya Pitts, Sophia Pitts-Warren, Kelly (Adric) Watts, Jackie Pitts, James (Ann) Pitts, Lester Pitts.
McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home and Hicks Mortuary



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